Why is it that just when everything is going well, Time Warner has to go and mess things up?
Just a few months ago, I was without the CW Network because Time Warner didn’t want to meet and hammer out a new contract to carry LIN TV’s signal. Well, at least that’s how I understood what happened.
Well, now Time Warner has picked a fight with someone else; the big kid on the block. TW done gone and pissed off Viacom! Viacom owns networks like MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and a bunch of other networks.
Once again, Time Warner has failed in the negotiation room, at an impasse with Viacom over renewal terms. As a result, Viacom is set to pull its 19 channels Wednesday. Wednesday? Yea, that would be today!
Now, I always blame things on Time Warner because it’s a force of habit. They screwed up with the whole Big Ten Network deal, and I blame them for the CW situation.
However, after reading more about this particular situation with Viacom, I’m not so sure this is Time Warner’s fault. The LA Times also has a good piece up.
Viacom proposed a $.25ish increase, Time Warner said no. Now I know a lot of people are going to be like “it’s just 25 cents, what’s the big deal”, but maybe it’s the principle of the matter. Maybe TW doesn’t want to cave to anyone’s demands. Time Warner says their refusal of Viacom’s price increase was so they could fight for us, their customers. They felt the increase was too much given the economy, industry and its declining viewership numbers.
I don’t know if I believe that so much, as it’s never about us; it’s about their bottom line. Somewhere in those proposed terms must have been something about them receiving less money, or else they wouldn’t care so much. ‘Nawmean?
Anyway, I don’t care what they do, but I’m gonna need these two sides to come to terms ASAP! MTV, Nickelodeon (Nick @ Nite), and Comedy Central are channels I watch religiously. And I will be one pissed off black woman if they take my shit away!